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 Heading to the airport for a week in EnWhySee, including a stint in front of the mic tomorrow night as part of the Fantastic Fiction series at the KGB Bar in Manhattan.  As well as some gadding about, and Family Stuff.

Meanwhile, before I go:

This month's flash fiction is up at my Patreon!  A Market of Peridot and Drizzle

And I blogged about How Not To Promote Your Book


And that's all I got before I gotta get...
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The last appearance of the least-spotted meerkat will be at the Kitsap B&N in Silverdale, WA TOMORROW (Saturday) at 2pm, where I will be doing my Thang for THE COLD EYE.

After that, I dive back into my more reclusive writing phase, and getting anything signed will be far more difficult.

And yes, this is a B&N so you can probably have signed copies shipped to YOUR local B&N. You just have to ask (seriously, ask 'em today).


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For the Seattle-area folk - I'll be at Third Place Seward Park this Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm!

And, in addition to signing books, someone there will go home with a wee Buffalo of their own!



I realize it's a school night, but it would be great to see everyone (especially since this is the newer branch of Third Place, and I want everyone to know where it is!) Spread the word and invite your friends...


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This week I will be in Kirland (tonight!) and Portland (Thursday!) taking part in the Pacific Northwest Reading series with Rhiannon Held and Todd Lockwood. And if you're in the area you should totally come to see us, because a good time will be had.

In addition to reading from THE COLD EYE, I'm also going to be giving people a taste from the short story collection coming from Book View Cafe this month. This may be considered either a promise, or a threat.
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Later this month I will be wending my way to Atlanta to be a Featured Guest at AnachroCon, which I am seriously jazzed about.  Looking over my schedule, you'll probably be able to guess why.  :-)

If you're attending, or just hanging around town wondering what to do that weekend, I'd love to see you guys!

(and, as promised (threatened?) on Twitter, if I see anyone cosplaying Isobel or Gabriel, I will probably burst out in tears and/or add you to the acknowledgements of the new book.  If anyone's cosplaying Flatfoot, I will adore you forever.)

Friday February 26th

2pm-3pm: Beginnings and Beyond: Horror Origins of the Weird Western

4pm-5pm: The Monsters of Horror

5pm-6-pm: Horror Television: Penny Dreadful, Sleepy Hollow, and Supernatural

7pm-8pm: Ghost Stories: Literary and Real Life

(at 8:01pm I collapse into the comfiest chair in the bar)

Saturday February 27th

12pm-1pm: The Weird in the West: Contemporary Treatments

1pm-2pm: Once Upon a Time in the Weird West: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales Reimagined

4pm-5pm: Diversity in the Weird West

7pm-8pm: Beyond Schoolmarms and Saloon Girls: Women of Steampunk and the Weird West

8pm: The AnachroCon Salon: In Which Many of Our Author Guests Will Be Reading From, Selling, and Signing Their Works

Sunday February 28th

11am-12pm: Fantasy as Alternate History

(all schedules subject to last minute changes and alterations as the concom and Fate see fit)

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And kudos to the crew there for getting it out well ahead of time, so panelists have time to actually prepare!

So if you're there and want to see me there, this is the what and the where*.


Fri 11:00am - 12:00pm - Cascade 3&4
So You've Finished a First Draft
Django Wexler (M), Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson, Frances Pauli, Laura Anne Gilman

Fri 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Cascade 9
Fanfic Fears
Minim Calibre (M), DameRuth, Dee Wright, Laura Anne Gilman

Fri 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Cascade 13
More Than Just Scorned Victims
H.M. Jones (M), Laura Anne Gilman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Spencer Ellsworth

Fri 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Cascade 7&8
Adding Realistic Details to Your Fantasy Writing
Adrienne Carlson (M), Alan Paulsen, Nina Post, Laura Anne Gilman

Sat 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Grand 2
Autograph Session 1

Sat 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Cascade 2
Characters Bearing Witness
Cat Rambo (M), John (J.A.) Pitts, Laura Anne Gilman

Sat 6:00pm - 6:30pm - Cascade 1
Reading: Laura Anne Gilman
(yes, you WILL be getting a sneak at THE COLD EYE!)

Sun 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Cascade 7&8
The Forgotten (Forbidden) Room
Bill Gruner (M), Adrienne Carlson, Ann Shilling, Laura Anne Gilman

Sun 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Cascade 10
Location: Horror's Unsung Character
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Lisa Bolekaja, Arinn Dembo, K. M. Alexander, Logan L. Masterson



*subject to revision at the concom's whim
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Well, Beaverton, Oregon, specifically.  Along with Many! Other! Fabulous! Authors, I'll be taking part in AuthorFest 9, at the Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing.   The festivities officially start at 4pm, but getting there a little early seems to be a tradition....

I hope to see you there!  (remember, a signed book is a FABULOUS birthday present... especially if that book is SILVER ON THE ROAD)

All The Info Is Here
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Where I am right now is at my desk, trying to convince myself that yes really I DO have to tackle the List of Pending Things That Are Not New-Book-Related.

More coffee may be required.

But TONIGHT! I will be at the University Bookstore in Seattle, reading and signing and generally talking about SILVER ON THE ROAD.

SATURDAY AFTEROON! I will be at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, sharing the stage with Cat Winters, reading and signing and generally talking about our books, and writing historical fantasy...  (hijinks start at 2pm)

MONDAY NIGHT! I will be in San Francisco with Loren Rhodes, at SF in SF, being hosted by Borderlands Books, reading and signing and... yeah, you got it. The hijinks officially start at 6:30pm.

And then I am home for 24 hours, and I'm off to Manchester New Hampshire for Another Anime Convention, where I'm an Author Under Glass, er, GOH.

And then I come home and fall over for a bit.  Um, I mean, start working on revisions to THE COLD EYE.
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The DragonCon programming folk were kind enough to give me afternoon/evening panels, or the most part, so Operation Meet-Me-For-Breakfast is a Go.  I repeat: Operation Meet-Me-For-Breakfast is a Go.  Friday morning, 8:30-9:30, at a Location TBA here and via Twitter.  There may (will) be t-shirts, galleys, and Other Items for the early birds....


The Official Schedule

Friday

The Plot Thickens: Mystery & Suspense in UF

Fri 02:30 pm Location: Chastain ED - Westin
How mystery & suspense characterize Urban Fantasy.

The Weird West Rides Again!
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Augusta 3 - Westin
The changing genre of the Old West: alternate history, sci-fi, and fantasy.
(note: I will have a few advance reading copies of SILVER ON THE ROAD with me at this panel, if you come up and ask nicely....!)

Saturday

Reading
Sat 02:30 pm Location: Edgewood - Hyatt
(I will be reading from both SILVER ON THE ROAD and the next Sylvan Investigations novella)

Challenges for Today's Writers
Sat 07:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt
Who's paying the rent? Is insurance even an option? Where's the money coming from? When can I quit my day job?  And other items of importance that will come up out of nowhere...

Sunday

Backdrop: Settings and Locales in UF
Sun 11:30 am Location: Chastain ED - Westin
How settings influence characters and worlds.
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When you absolutely, positively have to find me at Sasquan (WorldCon), here's how you do it.

In addtion to putting in my hours as part of the Writing Workshop I will be doing the following Fabulous Items:


Autographing
(Ann Chamberlin, Laura Anne Gilman, Kay Kenyon, Mike Resnick, Shanna Swendson, Fran Wilde)
Thursday 15:00 - 15:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)

(for those of you who also like mysteries, I will happily sign L.A. Kornetsky's work, as well).


Horror/Paranormal: What's New
Thursday 17:00 - 17:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)
Found anything scary...or scary and somehow, well, romantic? A look at current paranormal writing, trends for the future and is the current spate of horror & paranormal on TV helping or hurting the genre?

Joshua Bilmes, Nick Mamatas, Christie Meierz, Laura Anne Gilman

Building a Better Tomorrow
Friday 15:00 - 15:45, 302AB (CC)

Young adult science fiction is thriving, presenting an array of possible futures for humanity. While YA SF seems to be taking off, many of those stories feature dark futures. Why might teens be drawn to these types of settings that feature dystopic settings? Will there be a brighter or better tomorrow for us?
Laura Anne Gilman (M) , Paolo Bacigalupi , Troy Bucher, Dan Wells

(as moderator if you have anything you want brought up, I'm the person to ask.  Leave your Qs in the comments)


Reading - Laura Anne Gilman
Saturday 10:30 - 11:00, 303B (CC)

Twenty minutes of Sneak Peak at what I'm working on now.... (yes, this means both The Devil's West AND Sylvan Investigatons!)


KaffeeKlatche - Laura Anne Gilman
Saturday 14:00 - 14:45, 202B-KK3 (CC)
Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion/AMA.

(I will have Goodies for anyone who shows up.  Limited edition goodies, even, maybe...)


Stroll with the Stars
Sunday 09:00 - 09:45, Breezeway/Statue (CC)

A gentle morning stroll with some of your favorite authors, artists and editors. Meeting each morning at 9AM in the Breezeway between the INB Theater and the Convention Center (check your map), and returning in time for 10AM programming.

(yes, you can bring your coffee.  Dog knows I'm gonna...)


There will also be  Book View Cafe party Friday night.  Details to come....
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When you absolutely, positively have to find me at Sasquan (WorldCon), here's how you do it.

In addtion to putting in my hours as part of the Writing Workshop I will be doing the following Fabulous Items:


Autographing
(Ann Chamberlin, Laura Anne Gilman, Kay Kenyon, Mike Resnick, Shanna Swendson, Fran Wilde)
Thursday 15:00 - 15:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)

(for those of you who also like mysteries, I will happily sign L.A. Kornetsky's work, as well).


Horror/Paranormal: What's New
Thursday 17:00 - 17:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)
Found anything scary...or scary and somehow, well, romantic? A look at current paranormal writing, trends for the future and is the current spate of horror & paranormal on TV helping or hurting the genre?

Joshua Bilmes, Nick Mamatas, Christie Meierz, Laura Anne Gilman

Building a Better Tomorrow
Friday 15:00 - 15:45, 302AB (CC)

Young adult science fiction is thriving, presenting an array of possible futures for humanity. While YA SF seems to be taking off, many of those stories feature dark futures. Why might teens be drawn to these types of settings that feature dystopic settings? Will there be a brighter or better tomorrow for us?
Laura Anne Gilman (M) , Paolo Bacigalupi , Troy Bucher, Dan Wells

(as moderator if you have anything you want brought up, I'm the person to ask.  Leave your Qs in the comments)


Reading - Laura Anne Gilman
Saturday 10:30 - 11:00, 303B (CC)

Twenty minutes of Sneak Peak at what I'm working on now....


KaffeeKlatche - Laura Anne Gilman
Saturday 14:00 - 14:45, 202B-KK3 (CC)
Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the 2nd floor.

(it's entirely possible I will have Goodies for anyone who shows up.  Limited edition goodies, even, maybe...)


Stroll with the Stars
Sunday 09:00 - 09:45, Breezeway/Statue (CC)

A gentle morning stroll with some of your favorite authors, artists and editors. Meeting each morning at 9AM in the Breezeway between the INB Theater and the Convention Center (check your map), and returning in time for 10AM programming.

(yes, you can bring your coffee.  Dog knows I'm gonna...)


I am contemplating having a morning meet-up, for those of us who actually wake up before things get rolling.
There will also be  Book View Cafe party Friday night.  Details to come....
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One of the bonuses of moving to the west coast is a bunch of new conventions become my "locals" - including Norwescon, the weekend of April 2nd-5th.

So if you're going to be there too, and find yourself shut out from all the GRRM-y GoH goodness by the crowds, here's where I'll be....  (all rooms final only after we're actually in them..check your schedule for last-minute changes!)

Thursday

Reading: Laura Anne Gilman
6:30pm-7:00pm - Cascade 1
(There may be cookies.  There may also be minion t-shirts for giveaway....)

Urban Fantasy's Hard-Boiled Detective Roots
8:00pm-9:00pm - Cascade 7&8
Pat MacEwen, Kurt Cagle, Kristi Charish, Laura Anne Gilman

Friday

Believable Magic
2:00pm-3:00pm - Evergreen 3&4
Laura Anne Gilman, Django Wexler, Rosa Acicularis, B. D. Kellmer, Corry L. Lee

Fan Fiction vs Original Fiction
4:00pm-5:00pm - Cascade 5
Diana Copland, Laura Anne Gilman, Rosa Acicularis, Rachael Sabotini

Writing a Series
8:00pm-9:00pm - Cascade 10
Laura Anne Gilman, Rhiannon Held, Esther Jones, Simon R Green

(considering the over-the-yardarm hour, the topic, and the participants, this one might get...amusing.)

Saturday

Biggest Mistakes I Ever Made
10:00am-11:00am - Evergreen 1&2
Laura Anne Gilman, Simon R Green, Jack Skillingstead, Nicole Dieker

(bring a pad, take notes.)

Autographing
Sat 3:00pm-4:00pm - Grand 2
Jeff Sturgeon, Django Wexler, Randy Henderson, G. Willow Wilson, Kristi Charish, Frog Jones, Richard Hescox, Darragh Metzger, David J. Peterson, Esther Jones, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Kevin Radthorne, Laura Anne Gilman, Michael G. Munz, Rhiannon Held, Leannan Sidhe, Steven Barnes, Tim McDaniel

The Heroine's Journey
8:00pm-9:00pm - Cascade 3&4
Laura Anne Gilman, Marta Murvosh, Catherine Cooke Montrose

(I may have raised my hand for this panel so fast I threw my shoulder out...)

On Sunday I'll be participating in the Writer's Workshop, and then heading for home, so if you're going to catch me it'll have to be at breakfast..... (yeah, breakfast on the Sunday of a convention. We'll be the ones with our faces down in the bowls of coffee...)

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Wrote about 1K words on a short story that I've made a bet with another friend that I can finish by next Sunday, even with everything else that's going on.

And then I went to the Cascade Writer's Library Event in Renton, where I, Ken Scholes, and Heather Roulo dropped some hard truths (and funny stories) about life in the publishing trenches...

panel

and I read a bit from SILVER ON THE ROAD but was too nervous to look up and see how the audience was reacting...


and afterward we repaired to Vino on the Landing, where Ken serenaded me with a stripped-down acoustic version of "Dancing in the Dark."
ken serendes

Those fantasy writers, they sure know how to party...

And now I am in my pjs at the extreme hour of 7:30 pm and feeling no shame, because it's gonna be a busy end-of-month week ahead...
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Today's WiP darling: "She had grown up in proximity to the devil; power had been as present in the air she breathed as the sulphured smoke from the blacksmith’s forge."

I may kill it later. But for now, we're in love. :-)

2000 new words and I'm finally starting to feel, nearly 25,000 words in, that the plot's starting to come together. After a decade+ of writing reasonably tight-to-outline books, I swear, this series is going to kill me. But process, it sometimes changes, and ya gotta just roll with it...

The rest of the day was admin stuff, broken by my printer's new-found refusal to scan needed tax documents.  Wine was opened, and sacrifices were made, along with some impressive-even-to-me cursing....

Tomorrow, I need to put the final polish on a short story before the editors hunt me down and take it from my hands, and then I'm of to partake of a Viking Feast. I have no idea what to expect, other than my own offering (semi-traditionally roasted root veggies), but hopefully the mead will allow me to stagger home at a reasonable hour, because on Sunday I'm one third of
cascade

And then I get to stagger home and prep for an incedibly quiet week of All The Month-End-Shit-of-a-Short-Month.  Wheeee?
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Here's your update for 2015, as it currently stands



Cascade Writers’ Authors Event with Ken Scholes and Heather Roulo
Fairwood Library (Seattle, WA)
readings & Q&A
February 22nd, 1-4pm

Norwescon (SeaTac, WA)
April 2-5, 2015

Cascade Writer’s Workshop - Featured Speaker
July 23-26

Sasquan - World SF Convention (Spokane, WA)
August 19-23, 2015

DragonCon (Atlanta GA)
September 4 – 7, 2015

World Fantasy Convention  (Saratoga Springs, NY)
November 5-8, 2015

All appearances subject to change due to Life/Work Interfering.
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Two things to remember today:

1. if you're in the US: VOTE!
2. If you're in the NJ area, come see me-aka-Ms. Kornetsky (and four other fine writers-not-me) at the East Brunswick B&N tonight at 7pm!



And hey, even if you're NOT going to be there, you can probably call the store and have them reserve a signed copy for you to pick up later....
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And have nothing better worse to do after discharging your civic duty and voting....

I'm part of a multi-author panel and signing at the East Brunswick (NJ) B&N, at 7pm!

Brunswick Square Mall, 753 Rt 18 Brunswick Square Space 318, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, 732-432-0100


C'mon, if I'm hauling down there, can't you?   *looks hopefully at all her NJ friends and readers who own cars*
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Reminder that I'll be Writer GoHing at RoberCon in Binghamton NY next week, September 27-28!

For them as will be there, and them as follow along at a distance, my schedule...

SATURDAY:

11 a.m.
When It All Falls Apart: Dystopian Fiction and Our Modern Times

Presenters: Crystal Sarakas (moderator), April Steenburgh, Laura Anne Gilman, Gwenne Dawson, Andrew Haggerty
While dystopian fiction is nothing new (think 1984, Brave New World, The Handmaid’s Tale or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), its mainstream popularity has grown in recent years, especially with young adults. We’ll talk about how dystopian fiction has evolved, why it’s gaining attention now and what its newfound audience means for this sub-genre’s future.

12 p.m.
From Your Mind to the Page: Making Your Ideas a Reality

Presenters: Crystal Sarakas (moderator), Laura Anne Gilman, Joshua Palmatier, Deborah Blake
Lots of people come up with ideas for a story, but how do writers carry those to completion? We’ll talk with authors about the nitty-gritty of writing, from that first spark of an idea to seeing your idea in print and all the glamour and work in between.

2 p.m.
Author Guest of Honor: A Conversation with Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman, April Steenburgh (moderator)
Writer, editor and wine aficionado, Laura Anne Gilman is a woman of many hats. Join in for a conversation on writing in various genres, working for large publishers and small presses as well as crowd funding and that fascinating way the things you love slip into your writing.
(LAG's note: based on the facebook discussion thread about this, I can already tell you it's going to be EPIC)


SUNDAY:

12 P.M.
Reading and signing.

1 P.M.
Everybody Wants to Rule the World: Writers and Worldbuilding

Presenters: Crystal Sarakas (moderator), Laura Anne Gilman, Joshua Palmatier, Deborah Blake, Jill Shultz
What are the rules of worldbuilding? What are some of our panelists’ favorite examples of worldbuilding done right? How much detail should you go into, and how do you make sure that the plot is central, and not the scenery?

3 P.M.
Women Writers: Their Influence and Future

Presenters: Jill Shultz (moderator), Deborah Blake, Roberta Rogow, Laura Anne Gilman
From Mary Shelley to J.K. Rowling, women have profoundly influenced SF and fantasy. Yet according to the book review statistics, we’re still overlooked — and many casual readers believe women only write certain kinds of stories. We’ll bust some myths and add to your “to-be-read” pile.

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Please to note:

a) I have a reading. If you want to know what's coming up in 2015, you will be at that reading. Bringing me chocolate will be optional, but appreciated.

b) once again, I'm going to be on a panel with Laurell Hamilton and Jim Butcher. Come to this panel. Scream devotedly when I introduce myself. I will throw YOU chocolate.


(now with locations!  Or what they're telling ME the location wlil be...)


Friday:
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11:30am-12:30pm:  Strategies for the Castrophies of Publishing
Description: Stuff happens, right? Come and learn what options exist if your publisher bankrupts or your editor quits midstream--among other catastrophes.
Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt

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NEW!  3pm: Signing at Missing Volume (in the dealer's alley)
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1pm-2pm What's Next in Urban Fantasy?
Description: A panel of industry professionals discuss existing and upcoming trends in the urban fantasy publishing field.
Location: Chastain ED - Westin

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10pm-11pm: The Uses of Enchantment: Magic in Urban Fantasy
Description: Authors in the field discuss the various magical systems used by their characters
Location: Augusta Ballroom - Westin

Saturday:

Signing at the SFWA Table: 1:30pm
(yes, I will have books, in case you realized you missed something in the backlist and Missing Volumes or Larry Smith couldn't help you out!)


Sunday
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11:30am-12:30pm  Supernatural Thrillers: Mystery and Suspense in Urban Fantasy
Description: Often a core characteristic of the genre, our authors discuss the importance of the elements of mystery and suspense in their work.
Location: Chastain ED - Westin

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2:30pm -2:30pm Reading: Laura Anne Gilman
(if you want to know what's coming up in 2015, you need to be here!  Plus, SPOILERS!)
Location: Edgewood - Hyatt

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4pm-5pm Dragons of SF
Description: We discuss dragons who are, like the Pernese dragons, creatures who owe nothing of their existence to magic.
(I'm moderating this one, because apparently my constant use of dragon-variants has been noted...)

Location: Embassy A-B - Hyatt

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8:30pm-9:30pm  Out of the Deepest Darkness
Description: What makes a villain great? What characteristics make him rise above the ordinary? This discussion will reveal the secrets of extraordinary villainy.  Mwahaha.....
Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt


I will also be holding the reins at the SFWA table at various times during the weekend, depending on how guilty I feel when they need me. So feel free to stop by, see what we're giving away, and who might be lounging about!  It's one of the surest ways to encounter that author you didn't know was at DC and would have kicked yourself if you'd missed!
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You might want to check out RoberCon in Binghamton, NY

Why?

Because - in addition to being what sounds like a very nice, local SF convention that's focused on combining interest with affordability - they've foolishly asked me to be a featured Guest.
Disney-18

So there will be Hijinks.  Minion Ribbons.  And possibly an attendees-only surprise....  :-)

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